One Week, Three State Capitals

Seven-day swing through events in three Southern state capitals begins Thursday, March 17, my 41st birthday.

It’s very late on the evening of March 16, the eve of a busy travel period, one that will take me to three Southern state capitals in the next seven days.

On Thursday, we’ll depart for Columbia, South Carolina where I’m presenting research at both the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium and the Media and Civil Rights Symposium, two academic conferences taking place concurrently on the University of South Carolina campus.

Isabel Wilkerson/NYTimes photo

It will be an opportunity to meet a fellow Howard alum, Isabel Wilkerson, who is fellow former HILLTOP editor-in-chief.

(THE HILLTOP is Howard University’s now daily student newspaper)

Wilkerson will give a keynote speech on Friday and then will venture out to Columbia for a book-signing.

On Saturday, one of my  graduate assistants and I will give a first presentation on social media research that we’re conducting.

Church Media U

I travel back through Atlanta on Sunday and re-pack my bags for return trip to the Atlanta metro area on Monday, after classes.

On Tuesday, I’ll be participating in a seminar on how to evolve our church media efforts.

It’s called CHURCH MEDIA U.    I’m looking forward to getting some new ideas for our church’s technology ministry, which is going through some re-alignment as we speak.

On to Arkansas

And, then on Wednesday, we’ll strike out Northwest to the state of Arkansas, just a few blocks from the Clinton Presidential Library.

The Southern States Communication Association is convening there on Wednesday.  A University of Alabama colleague and I will be leading a session looking back at the 2010  fatal flooding in the Albert Pike Recreation Area, a 54-unit campground in the Ouachita National Forest.

This Arkansas tragedy raised several issues for the media and for the use of new technologies.   It should be a very interesting exchange involving both journalists and press agents for the Red Cross.

In the midst of this, I hope to stop by the Clinton Library for an update after my visit several years ago.

The Southern States Communication Association will be meeting across from the Arkansas State Government complex.

It should be an interesting, whirlwind of a seven-day sweep.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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